If you’re a Christian, God has given you a special affinity for other Christians.
There is this immediate bond that follows when you, a believer, meet another believer. Think of the times you discover when someone you’ve just met follows Jesus. There is this immediate sense of familiarity. As if you are naturally a brother or sister of this person, only better.
That’s something that is latent in all Christian relationships, but it needs to be developed.
Going to church on Sunday and brushing up against other Christians on your way out to the parking lot is not going to do it. All of these brief contacts, at church, at work, on the ball fields, are great.
But they amount to nothing more than incidental contact. They are like a sip from the water fountain when you are dying from thirst.
All Christians are united together as one body. Christ is the Head and Christians the members. And just as in a natural body all the members are ready to serve one another, so it is in this spiritual body. (Rom. 12:4-5, 1 Cor. 12:12-13)
- The hands serve the rest of the body.
- Our ears, eyes and feet all exist to serve the rest of the body.
- And if the head is dishonored, watch out!- the whole rest of the body springs into action to prove it wrong.
If we say we are Christians, but deny this kind of community, we are being too selfish.
But it’s a community that’s going to require more than a sip.